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2,588 30,585 Introducing myself
by hummingbirdstones
Apr 16, 2021 9:55:15 GMT -5
No New Posts Forum Technical Help and Testing - 1 Viewing

Please let us know if you need help sorting out any challenges or technical issues experienced while using this forum. Feel free to use this area for testing purposes. Unregistered guests are allowed to post in this "technical help" board if having trouble registering, or a registered member who has become locked out for technical reasons.

152 1,377 Important: Cloudinary (Upload File button) users please read
by Tommy
Apr 10, 2021 18:27:37 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 11 Viewing

Rock tumbling discussion topics including rotary or vibe methods, recipes, grits, cleanup, etc. Get help from world class rock tumbling experts

4,998 61,892 Desert Jasper/Red Tiger Eye
by Bob
Apr 15, 2021 23:34:26 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 5 Viewing

Show off your latest batch of tumbles, or post photos of all things related to rock tumbling

3,590 49,263 First Tumble - Mixed
by stefan
Apr 16, 2021 9:56:02 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 4 Viewing

All things related to creating cabochons, including photos of your latest masterpieces, works in progress, or requests for advice

11,107 148,137 Four
by irlcjrohr
Apr 15, 2021 18:15:14 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping - 1 Viewing

Show off your latest creative use of wire, or get advice on all things related to wire wrapping

4,811 59,459 Blackskin Agate wrap
by miket
Apr 16, 2021 10:22:07 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing - 1 Viewing

Discussions and photos related to the art of metal smithing with silver, gold, or any other metals

933 13,084 Bezel Strip Cutter
by hummingbirdstones
Apr 16, 2021 11:47:43 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving

Discussions and photos related to the carving of rocks including tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

334 4,678 What (budget) tools are best for carving and polishing?
by standles
Apr 10, 2021 8:34:59 GMT -5
No New Posts Creations, intarsia, glass, metal, etc. - 2 Viewing

Show off your finished creations, or on-going projects, using various materials or methods that exercise your creativity and expand your lapidary skills, while inspiring others to grow with you

1,636 24,696 Not mine
by Brian
Apr 16, 2021 11:19:42 GMT -5
No New Posts Faceting, Gem Cutting, and Gemstones

Discussions and photos related to gemstones and faceting including specimens, tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

103 1,484 Let’s see if someone can help:
by hummingbirdstones
Apr 10, 2021 21:41:57 GMT -5
No New Posts Sphere Making

Discussion and photos of all things related to the art of sphere making, including techniques, equipment, and showing off your finished specimens

149 2,620 Meteorite Spheres
by jasoninsd
Mar 12, 2021 23:48:33 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary DIY Articles and Tutorials - 3 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for lapidary specific posts that are deemed exceptional and informative, and important to be preserved as a topic specific article or DIY tutorial. Please do not post questions in these areas - posts are created here as topic specific tutorials or moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock Tumbling Tutorials, Creating Cabochons Tutorials, Wire Wrapping Tutorials, Metal Smithing Tutorials, Other Articles and Tutorials

100 2,904 How to Drill a Pendant
by 1dave
Apr 7, 2021 6:21:58 GMT -5

Additional Rock Related Topics

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information - 1 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for rock sciences related posts that are specifically written in article format. Please do not post questions in these areas. Posts here are created as topic specific articles, or they are judged by staff to be exceptional and informative on a rock sciences subject, and are moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock and Mineral Identification, Geology 101, Archaeology and Artifacts, Paleontology and Fossils, Astronomy, Impacts, Physics

539 4,363 Geology for Rockhounds
by amygdule
Apr 14, 2021 15:53:01 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 6 Viewing

All things rock related that don't really seem to fit into a specific category.

13,341 144,251 Rock Hounding Limericks
by Jugglerguy
Apr 15, 2021 20:46:22 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 1 Viewing

We want to see your rock slabs, fresh off the saw. Saws, blades, maintenance, refurbishing, or just cutting rocks in general

6,037 62,265 Royal 18" Belt
by quartz
Apr 15, 2021 22:27:38 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 19 Viewing

Equipment related discussions including repairs, maintenance, refurbishing vintage equipment, or show us your home made equipment projects


1,842 23,024 Textured wheels
by stardiamond
Apr 15, 2021 18:56:12 GMT -5
No New Posts Specimen Photos - 3 Viewing

Show us your specimen pieces, polished or not. Slabs or thunder-eggs or any other rock related item destined for a display case because it is just too beautiful or too important to cut up

3,438 39,128 COPROLITE
by RWA3006
Apr 16, 2021 9:20:32 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts - 1 Viewing

Discussions and photos of all things related to fossils and ancient human artifacts

1,118 11,981 AZ Pet Wood 12-13-20
by thebeef
Apr 12, 2021 14:53:06 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 5 Viewing

Post photos and ask questions to get help identifying your unknown rocks and specimens

2,863 23,731 what is this
by greig
Apr 12, 2021 16:19:22 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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No New Posts Member Photography - 1 Viewing

A place for posting all of those pictures that don't quite fit into any of the other categories - vacations, puppies, etc.

9,899 136,136 Birds
by thebeef
Apr 14, 2021 16:08:21 GMT -5
No New Posts Competition and Fun Contests

Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

769 25,006 Cabochon Challenge April 2021, FOSSILS! theme
by miket
Apr 11, 2021 12:16:27 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 3 Viewing

Organize a rockhounding trip, request location information, advertise a show, or post your trip report with lots of pictures for us to enjoy

2,689 31,905 Video: good times - Tory Hlll Ontario (Canada)
by quartzilla
Apr 10, 2021 19:55:02 GMT -5
No New Posts Vendor Reviews and advice

Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,332 10,908 Such a positive experience
by agatewhisperer
Apr 15, 2021 11:36:19 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade - 6 Viewing

Members with at least 100 community quality posts can post new threads here to sell or trade rock related items. All members are eligible to respond and purchase. Buyer and seller beware - RTH is not responsible for the success or security of any transactions that occur here.

3,420 28,964 Rock Tumblers delight - Proboards fundraiser auction
by Brian
Apr 16, 2021 11:18:55 GMT -5
No New Posts Life in General, Off-topic Chit-Chat Area - 4 Viewing

Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

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by stephan
Apr 16, 2021 11:51:18 GMT -5


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Wooferhound: Everytime I Audit my Solder, I am doing Great . Apr 13, 2021 12:08:50 GMT -5 *
Wooferhound: If you show me Yours , I'll show you Mine . Apr 13, 2021 17:31:24 GMT -5
rickb: Apr 13, 2021 19:59:21 GMT -5
1dave: 1 Spider Spider on the wall, who's the fairest one of all? Apr 14, 2021 7:24:45 GMT -5 *
Wooferhound: The Plane has gone off the Tracks and it's Sinking Apr 14, 2021 7:30:27 GMT -5
rickb: Fly Malaysia Airlines Apr 14, 2021 8:38:38 GMT -5
1dave: I find as I grow older I'm beginning to make mistakes, BUT because of my nature, they are only the very best of mistakes. Apr 14, 2021 9:14:15 GMT -5
neural: : The Cobalt Tarantula is probably my favorite, at least with the best specimens. It is absolutely gorgeous. Apr 14, 2021 14:14:11 GMT -5
rickb: Apr 14, 2021 15:32:10 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: No, it's a train, Woofer, that goes off the tracks. Ozzie sings about it, We're going off the rails on a crazy train. Apr 14, 2021 18:24:15 GMT -5
jasoninsd: I don't trust stairs. They're always up to something. Apr 14, 2021 19:04:02 GMT -5
amygdule:  Apr 14, 2021 19:15:47 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Not all of them. Some of them are going down. Isn't that right, Mr. Tyler? Apr 14, 2021 20:10:24 GMT -5
amygdule:  Apr 14, 2021 20:21:56 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: 'dule, I love those glorious golden orbs! They really are something special. Do you have too many of them yet? Apr 14, 2021 21:35:02 GMT -5
amygdule: There is no such thing as too many agates :) Apr 14, 2021 23:13:48 GMT -5
donnierocks: I want those orbs. I only have a few. Apr 15, 2021 5:40:55 GMT -5
Wooferhound: The Golden Orb Awards Apr 15, 2021 6:57:32 GMT -5
stefan: OFF FRIDAY!!! YAY!!! Apr 15, 2021 17:19:39 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Weekend hours apply NOW! Apr 16, 2021 0:19:39 GMT -5